Arkansas – October 30, 2020

Police brutality.

Law enforcement task forces are the new hope in Little Rock toward gaining insight on the best practices and procedures for recruiting, training, and maintaining law enforcement officers in Arkansas. Recommendations toward the enhancement of community trust will be the yield of this project, and necessary improvements and changes will occur based on research outcomes.  When police officers develop positive relationships and are perceived as professional, caring, and fair to all, regardless of race, gender or religion, officers and communities will benefit through actions of mutual respect and trust.

Encounters and force.

The National spotlight continues to showcase negative interaction between law enforcement and community members ending with death, and severe injury in some cases.  Communities should be attentive to local department’s illegal activities surrounding law enforcement and initiate formal complaints against them when necessary.  Citizens should know their rights and complaints should be made utilizing legal avenues. Consultation with a police brutality attorney is recommended.

Misconduct.

Police misconduct involves the violation of the civil rights of a person and often the violation of both State and Federal laws.

  1. Excessive Force – utilizing more physical force than necessary to subdue a criminal causing bodily harm or death. Once the situation is controlled, there is no longer the need for force.
  2. Sexual Abuse/Harassment – unwelcomed sexual advances, requests or demands for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature by law enforcement in the course of their job.
  3. False Arrest and Wrongful Imprisonment – unlawful restraint of a person’s freedom of movement by another acting in perceived accordance with the law.
  4. Wrongful Search and Seizure Activity – protection from “unreasonable searches and seizures” notwithstanding probable cause enabling a search warrant.
  5. Racial and Gender Discrimination – bias-based policing is the intentional practice by an individual law enforcement officer who incorporates prejudicial judgments based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, religious beliefs, or age that are inappropriately applied in the performance of his/her duties.

Seek legal counsel.

When Arkansas citizens have been physically, or emotionally injured, or lost a loved one due to negative police encounters, they should seek the services of legal counsel, who can build a case for damages.  If an individual has been arrested for protesting police brutality actions, or peacefully demonstrating their concerns about the growing community distrust and fear, a criminal defense attorney may need to be hired to address legitimate, or inflated charges for actions against police brutality in Arkansas. USAttorneys.com is a solid starting place to seek out experienced legal counsel in an individual’s hometown.